The flowers and foliage of this dense, small tree emit a strong sulphuric odour after rains. It is poisonous to stock due to fluoroacetate (1080 poison) compounds in the seeds and seed pods. These negative qualities are more than compensated for by its attractive gnarled appearance, silvery foliage, and contrasting dark bark. It occurs in clusters on floodplains and creek lines around the Georgina Basin in western Qld and in eastern parts of the NT.